Need help which one Asus or MSI?

Looking to buy mobo and can't seem to find the diff b/w Asus A8N SLI or the MSI K8N Neo4 SLI. Which is better? Any diff at all?
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  1. Of course there are 3 Asus boards, :arrow:
    http://www.hardwarezone.com/articles/view.php?cid=6&id=1626

    MSI has a good quality sound card chip which will save on computing (CPU) power and money to buy the card.(slots are only 3 so it gives you a fourth PCI slot in a way.) or saves one.
    extra Serial ATA II on board / raid controller
    The MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI comes with two Gigabit network ports
    MSI is the PLAY School colour coded board. :arrow:
    http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=1734&page=2

    They look very much alike.

    However the A8N32-SLI Deluxe is a better board--but I am seeing alot
    about Asus on this forum and are still trying to sort it out. One fellow
    by the handle wusy has a gripe over Asus...

    Personally I would like to go Abit. But 2 pci slots, heat pipe issues,and
    no sound chip make it a no show. Their card for AM2 is superb from a
    layout point of view.

    My requirements are, AT133 support, sata, HEAT PIPES (for a cold case setup) sound card on the main board--cudo's to MSI on that, and 3 PCI.
    STABILITY--is a must and these top boards are stable.
    Good Capasitors---if a cap goes there goes the board--usually the top boards have good caps....but not always.(Abit does)

    A wish list is two seperate USB 2.0 CONTROLLERS + DOWN STREAMS ON EACH---not just one with alot of down streams--(on the board)
    Two ethernet connectors (LAN) ----Asus and MSI do this

    This is a review site also......
    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/mainboards/display/msi-k8n-diamond.html

    Read and educate yourself---I think you have just been looking at the short listed features.
  2. If you plan on doing much overclocking, well, MSI motherboards don't do it very well. I can't speak for the ASUS as I tend to buy only MSI. Had some probs with a couple of ASUS boards (Socket A) a few years back so I just don't buy 'em. You may safely conclude that I'm not an overclocker.

    At stock speeds, MSI components run as they're supposed to and that makes them fine for me. Note that I've only had 1 problem board with MSI. I RMA'd it to MSI, who repaired or replaced it (I don't know (or care) which), sent it back to me and it works like a charm.

    If you are an overclocker, you may wish to take a look at the DFI boards. They are getting a real good reputation in that area and seem to be very nicely appointed.
  3. Asus
    Expansion slot
    PCI Express x16 2
    PCI Express x1 1
    PCI Slots 3
    Other Slots 1 x PCI Express X4

    Storage
    PATA 2 x ATA100 up to 4 Devices
    PATA RAID NV RAID 0/1/0+1 JBOD
    SATA 1.5 Gb/s 4
    SATA 3Gb/s 4
    SATA RAID NV RAID 0/1/0+1/5 JBOD
    Additional RAID Controller Sil 3114



    MSI

    PCI Express x16 2
    PCI Slots 3

    Storage
    PATA 2 x ATA100 up to 4 Devices
    PATA RAID RAID 0/1/0+1
    SATA 3Gb/s 6
    SATA RAID RAID 0/1/0+1

    Pretty much this is the only difference beside some minor things.

    I have been using Asus for years and NEVER had one single problem with them. Loving their motherboards, they are pretty good at over clocking I got an Asus P5WD2 Premium with a P-D 940 I can OC it to 4.56Ghz and it is not the max yet!! I can still push it more
    http://valid.x86-secret.com/show_oc.php?id=92405
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